Canadian Prairies National Parks

When we think of the Canadian Prairies we think of flat fields of wheat swaying in the breeze. There is actually so much more to this area that we can miss if we do not take the time to stop and look. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are home to some of the largest deposits of dinosaur bones, wildlife and rare vegetation in Canada. Rent an RV and take a trip through the Canadian Prairies.

Grasslands National Park is located in south western Saskatchewan right on the US boarder. This National Park is a great place for kids of all ages. The badlands in the east block of the park are home to the richest source of dinosaur fossils in Canada. There are many events throughout the year that will allow you to accompany paleontologists to a real dig site as you scour the landscape for bones. A great way to spend the day is to take your rental RV on the Ecotour Scenic Drive. This drive is about an 80 km round trip, with lots of stops for hiking and stops with information panels that talk about the stunning landscape, rich history and active conservation of the area. Keep your eyes open as there is so much wildlife to be seen, such as bison, prairie dogs, lizards and ferrets.

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Prince Albert National Park is located 450 km north of Regina and covers one million acres of land and encompasses 1500 lakes and streams. This year round destination offers hiking, boating, swimming, and golf in the summer and in the winter you can cross country ski, ice skate and snow shoe. The northern section of the park is home to moose, wolves and caribou while white elk, deer and badgers inhabit the southern part of the park. There is even a herd of bison that roam the south western corner of the park feeding off of the fescue grass in this area. Beaver Glen and Red Deer campgrounds are close to the city of Waskesui, have full hook ups for your rental RV and are clean and well kept.

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Wapusk National park is located 1400 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is only accessible by plane or VIA Rail train, so it is not a trip you will take in your RV rental but this astonishing park is still worth mentioning. This park lies at the transition from boreal forest to the arctic tundra and protects one of the worlds largest polar bear maternity denning areas. Along with polar bears be on the watch for arctic foxes, arctic hares, wolves, caribou and wolverines.

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Riding Mountain National Park is located 250 kilometre north west of Winnipeg Manitoba. The area of the park captures three distinct ecosystems, the grasslands, the mixed wood forests and the eastern deciduous forests. With all this distinct untouched wilderness it is the perfect location to spend a few days with your RV rental. Onanole RV Resort has great reviews and is located right in the park with easy access to Clear Lake. Riding Mountain National Park and Clear Lake are a year round RV camping destination. In the summer enjoy hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing and water activities. In the winter you can cross country ski, snowshoe, skate and go ice fishing.

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Rent an RV for a few days or a few weeks and spend some time in the great ourdoors of the Canadian Prairies National Parks.

BC and Alberta National Parks You Must Visit

This year Canada celebrated its 150th birthday. While this is young compared to many other countries, Canada still has a majestic beauty and a rich history that makes Canada the perfect place for your next RV rental journey. Deciding on which piece of Canada you want to visit will be the problem, with almost 10 million square kilometre, Canada will be a country you will want to keep coming back to as every corner of the country offers a beautiful and totally different experience. There are 40 national parks and over 1000 provincial parks, this with just be a taste of the great Canadian experience. British Columbia and Albert hold some of Canada’s most famous national parks, so why not start on the west coast and work your way east.

Parks Canada offers a Discover Pass, for $136 (2018) you can buy unlimited entries into all the National Parks for a year for a family of up to seven people. Camping fees are extra and reservations are a good idea. You can either camp in the national parks or many of the parks are close enough to small cities and towns that you can stay in private campgrounds that have more amenities for your motorhome rental.

Pacific Rim National Park is located 5 hours north of Victoria British Columbia and is situated on the Pacific Ocean. This is the perfect park if you are looking to see humpback or killers whales. There are many hiking trails that follow along the ocean or that take you deep into the BC rainforest.

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Mount Revelstoke National Park offers a paved drive up the mountain to a parking lot where the shuttle will take you to the Meadow in the Sky Parkway. Here you can stroll through a field of Indian paintbrush, heather, arctic lupin and dozen of other wildflowers. Or take a hike right from downtown to the old ski jump that was popular in the 1920’s. Here you can actually stand right where the ski jumpers used to stand overlooking the jump.

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Kootney National Park is one of seven continuous national parks in the Rocky Mountains. Here you will find the natural contrast of cold mountain rivers with the steamy hot water of natural hot springs. Radium Hot Springs is one of the largest developed hot springs but if you get lucky you many stumble into one of the not so well known undeveloped springs. The picture below is Lussier Hot Springs, the hot pools sit right beside the icy cold flowing river.

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Jasper National Parkin Alberta is home to Mount Robson, the highest Mountain in the Canadian Rockies. If wildlife is on your list of things to see this park may just give you that. It is very common to see Big Horn Sheep and Elk standing right on the side of the road.

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Banff National Park, just an hours drive from Calgary Alberta, is one of Canada’s most famous national parks. Summer or winter Banff has local galleries, museums, upscale shopping and amazing world class restaurants. In the winter take in unparalleled downhill skiing and in the summer visit the championship golf course. The sights from the gondola can be taken in year rounds as can a visit to the Banff Upper Hot Springs. And whether you are staying at the Banff Springs Hotel or not the hotel is spectacular to see.

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Traveling around the west of Canada has spectacular sights year round. Rent an RV from Vancouver British Columbia or Calgary Alberta and let your RV rental vacation begin.